CONTEST: Crescent Moons and Painted Minarets by Hena Khan

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Thank you, Hena Khan, for sharing your guest post yesterday. If you missed it, we highly recommend taking a moment to read Diversity in Picture Books: Guest Post by Hena Khan. Today we… Continue reading

Diversity in Picture Books: Guest Post by Hena Khan

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We are excited to offer a guest post from Hena Khan about her Muslim-themed picture books. At Mackin we were thrilled at her use of colors to explain aspects of Muslim culture when… Continue reading

Happy Birthday, Frankenstein!

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In 2018, we’re celebrating the 200th anniversary of the original publication of Frankenstein! Even though this book is two centuries old, it’s not hard to imagine it as being written in our contemporary… Continue reading

Telling Stories with No Words (or just a few words)

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“I love big books and I cannot lie.” This quote can be found on t-shirts, mugs, bags, and bumper stickers, and it is so true for me. When I search for books at… Continue reading

Posters, Marches, and Change: Letting young voices be heard

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Since the 1960s, protesters have used their rights to speak freely and to assemble, guaranteed by the First Amendment, by marching in Washington, D.C. and across the country. Of the five largest protests… Continue reading

New Books Inspired by Old Prints: Guest Post by Kevin McCloskey

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We are excited to have Kevin McCloskey as our guest author today. When his first book, We Dig Worms, was published in 2015, I almost didn’t read it. Worms are gross! They haven’t… Continue reading

WELCOME BACK TO SCHOOL!

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Goodbye Brings Hello : A Book of Firsts by Dianne White (ill. by Daniel Wiseman). 9780544798755. 2018. Gr PK-2. Yes, I do realize that for most of our readers, school has just finished… Continue reading

New Adult Titles for Summer Reading

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When you hear the words “summer reads”, what do you think of? Most people think of light, fluffy fare that they can breeze through without much thought. I’m sure that you can find… Continue reading

Summer is (almost) here again!

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For many, Memorial Day weekend is the unofficial start of summer. It is an exciting, energy filled couple of weeks for students and teachers still in school. When I taught, it was the… Continue reading

The Lost Art of the Letter: Guest Post by Sheila O’Connor

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Few of us Books in Bloom bloggers remember the good old days of receiving letters—though this blogger in particular does not have as many warm memories of actually writing those letters! I especially… Continue reading